Peugeot 2008 review
The Peugeot 2008 is fashionable and well built, but it feels a tad pricey
There are few classes of car packed with more choice today than the compact crossover and SUV segment. Pretty much every mainstream manufacturer offers something for this growing market, so standing out is devilishly hard. Those looking for style, quality and a tidy drive could do much worse than the Peugeot 2008. In several ways it’s class-leading, and many will welcome the option of an all-electric version, but crucially it’s not as practical as some rivals. High starting prices will be a further sticking point for customers seeking the best value.
About the Peugeot 2008
The second-generation version of Peugeot’s supermini-sized SUV arrived to great acclaim in 2019, with improvements across the board in design, technology and quality.
Not that we didn’t like the 2008 Mk1, which was something of a turning point in terms of Peugeot’s approach, being nice to drive, pleasant to sit in and very practical. However the latest version raised the bar again, with a terrific new design - the 2008 is especially eye-catching inside the cabin - and levels of fit and finish that would satisfy a quality control inspector at BMW or Audi.
There’s much to recommend the way the 2008 goes about its business too, largely due to the fact that it's engineered using the Stellantis brand’s latest CMP small-car platform. The same tech now underpins a raft of Stellantis group products, including the Peugeot 208, Citroen C4 and DS 3 Crossback, not to mention the latest Vauxhall Mokka. Despite the Mk2 2008 being 141mm longer than its predecessor, it has a more rigid structure and barely adds any weight.
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Petrol power is available in the form of the 1.2-litre PureTech unit, offered in three states of tune. The entry-level engine produces 100bhp with a six-speed manual gearbox, the mid-range 128bhp version comes with either the manual or an eight-speed automatic, while the most-powerful 153bhp variant is mated to the auto transmission.
Each of the lively petrol units offers good economy, but there’s also a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel producing 100bhp, that returns even better fuel economy for those covering high mileages. Then there’s the e-2008: the all-electric model boasts not only a circa-200 mile range, but a smoother, quieter, and brisker driving experience than any of the fossil fuel alternatives.
Choose petrol or the all-electric powertrain, and there’s a choice of five trim levels running from the entry-level Active Premium, via Allure, Allure Premium and GT, to the flagship GT Premium. Diesel drivers can’t spec a car beyond GT trim though. All models come with the Peugeot i-Cockpit digital dash and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio, smartphone docking and voice recognition amongst the goodies on the standard spec list. Allure models get Active Safety Braking while GT models get a 10-inch touchscreen upgrade. GT Premium has flashy 18-inch diamond-cut alloys, plus adaptive cruise control and Alcantara trim.
While the pros generally outweigh the cons, there is one big stumbling block that prevents the Peugeot 2008 from competing with the class best: price. While you could argue that the build quality justifies the extra expense over many mainstream rivals, that argument falls flat against competition such as the Renault Captur. The Renault feels almost as posh inside and is a little more comfy and refined, yet similarly specced versions cost roughly £3,000 less than the Peugeot. It’s worth noting though that the latest Vauxhall Mokka - the 2008’s twin-under-the-skin thanks to its shared Stellantis platform - also attracts a similar price premium compared to many rivals.
Other options in the segment include the practical, comfortable Skoda Kamiq and the sporty, tech-laden Ford Puma. The lengthy list of other alternatives facing buyers in this sector also includes the Citroen C3 Aircross, Dacia Duster andthe DS3 Crossback,which, mechanically, is near-identical to the Peugeot. You could also go for Fiat’s 500X, the Honda HR-V, the Hyundai Kona, Kia’s Stonic, the MINI Countryman, the Nissan Juke, the Seat Arona, the Volkswagen T-Cross and quite a few others.
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In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Peugeot 2008 is fashionable and well built, but it feels a tad pricey
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe 2008’s petrol, diesel and electric lineup is among the class best, and it’s decent to drive, too
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsEngines for the 2008 are frugal and cheap to run, but the purchase price and insurance are higher than the competition
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe 2008’s fantastic design and build quality are let down by the Marmite driving position and fiddly infotainment
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSome rivals top the Peugeot 2008 for interior and boot space, though it’ll still be fine for most
- 6Reliability and safetyPeugeot’s strong showing in recent Driver Power surveys promises plenty for the 2008